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Photo © by Valère CLAVERIE
Parinacota, Chile, November 2006
Geospizopsis unicolor

Phrygilus unicolor


14·5 cm (5¾ in)

  • Grey head and upperparts


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina


This species has in the past been placed in genus Phrygilus.


Female, subspecies inca
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Abra Malaga, Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • G. u. nivaria:
  • G. u. geospizopsis:
  • East and Central Andes of Colombia and Ecuador
  • G. u. inca:
  • G. u. unicolor:
  • Andes of south-western Peru (Tacna) to southern Chile and western Argentina
  • G. u. tucumana:
  • Andes of Bolivia and north-western Argentina
  • G. u. ultima:
  • Mountains of southern Argentina (Tierra del Fuego)


Open and grassy high altitude habitats.



They forage on the ground for seeds. They will take some invertebrates, especially when feeding their young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2019)
  4. This thread discusses a recent (2011) phylogenetic study of the genus.

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